Green Farming

We took a day trip to a farm for our homeschooling today. The kids learned about “green farming” from an agriculturalist who explained how to plant seedlings, do hydrophonics, vermiculture and the like.

It was fascinating for the kids and for me! I learned alot about organic ways to plant and farm. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Vermiculture is a way of composting using earthworms to speed up the process.

Lord willing, when we move to a house, we can have a little garden — Edric’s fantasy. For the time being, this knowledge went to the kids’ science files. What better way to learn about innovative farming methods than to experience it for yourself? The kids (well, the boys) liked the worms part the best. Of course they did. Yehey for learning experiences that are not confined to four walls of a classroom!

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Science Should Not Be A Book

Elijah got this wonderful science kit from Tito Jojo, Edric’s uncle. It is exactly what he wanted because he is into the mechanics of design. He likes gears and designing things that power themselves. A few days ago he built solar powered machines. Edan got into it, too. I have said this before but I will say it again…I am so thankful for the flexibility that homeschooling gives the kids to experiment, design, build. We have a science curriculum that we are following, but like other subjects that we cover, learning does not have to be confined to what’s going on in the books. If my kids have a strong interest that is healthy, Edric and I find ways to encourage and fuel it.

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Green Electricity

On somedays, I let the kids spend most of their time doing a project. Yesterday’s project was green electricity. Honeschooling allows the kids to explore their interests and develop skills that go beyond workbooks and textbooks.

I try to avoid hovering around them when they do projects like this.

Elijah read all the instructions and figured it out for himself and Edan was his efficient assistant. I also asked Elijah to research on energy. Titus was the “test-driver.”

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Mind Boggling Mind Museum

We had a wonderful afternoon at the Mind Museum in Bonifacio Global City. It was well worth the 450/child and 600/adult fees that we had to pay. There are some areas that are still under development but I am sure that by the end of the month, everything should be up and ready. For homeschoolers, I suggest you visit before school gets out and do a morning field trip to avoid the hoards that will surely come when summer hits. Mind Museum is designed to be interactive so if you have kinesthetic learners (like my Titus), they will thoroughly enjoy this place. Of course it will definitely appeal to the scientifically inclined as well.

Mind Museum does not support the creationist view of the world so if that is what you believe, as our family does, you may need to explain some areas to your children like the idea that cosmic collision birthed the earth. Otherwise, I imagine that our children will want to have a return visit in the very near future. It really is a lot to take in. We spent two and a half hours inside the museum and I still can’t remember half of what I saw!

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You may contact us through our contact details given below.

The Mind Museum
2/F Bonifacio Technology Center
31st Street Corner 2nd Avenue
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Tel. 909-MIND (6463)

inquiry@themindmuseum.org

Answers for Children

Answers in Genesis has a new Kids Answers website. It is a “fun, safe, Creator-honoring place to find educational entertainment for your children.”

Through this site, children will understand how science supports the case for a Divine Creator. It shows kid-friendly movies, features a new animal every week, and has coloring sheets and activity pages. Parents can use this site as a supplement to their science curriculum. This is a free resource. I really like the materials and books of Answers in Genesis so I was happy to know that they created a website for kids.

Personally, I believe that science is one very effective way to strengthen the faith of my children. When my two older boys and I go over their science materials (which are all creation-based) they begin to have an understanding of how awesome and powerful God is.

Last  year, I found this resource from Answers in Genesis: Answers Book for Kids — Volumes 1 to 4. I decided to buy the whole set when I was visiting my sister in the US.  The books are small enough to fit in a medium-sized purse. When were at the hospital the other day, I brought two of the books and they kept my sons busy reading.

What I like about these books is that they give children (ages 5 to 11) a foundation in basic theology.  They provide a defense for the Bible and its truth, but in a kid-friendly manner. The answers are written out from the perspectives of children and the answers are clear and concise. I’ve included an explanation of what’s inside each volume (taken from Answers in Genesis’ website.)

Volume 1: 22 Questions on Creation and the Fall

The story of Creation and the Garden of Eden are familiar ones. But they also present a wonderful opportunity to share important biblical truths with eagerly questioning minds through answers that even the youngest believer can understand. In this volume, children will get answers to questions like “How did God create everything from nothing?” and “The serpent talked to Eve, so why can’t snakes talk today?” 48 pages. Find out more.

Volume 2: 22 Questions from Kids on Dinosaurs and the Flood of Noah

Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures that kids simply adore, and even the youngest believer can recite the biblical account of Noah and his Ark. Now discover how to answer some of kids’ most interesting questions about dinosaurs and Noah’s Ark like “Where did all the water go after the Flood?” and “How did Noah keep the animals on the Ark from eating each other and his family?” 48 pages. Find out more.

Volume 3: 22 Questions on God and the Bible

Even adults struggle to understand our Creator—the infinite Being who seeks a personal relationship with each of us. Now kids can begin to understand both God’s Holy Word and the importance of Him in their lives—what He expects from them, why it is vital to follow His plan for their lives, and the love He has for them.  This book will give you the opportunity to leave a legacy to the children in your life. A legacy of trust in God and His Word. 48 pages. Find out more.

Volume 4: 22 Questions on Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life

Since Adam and Eve chose to disobey in the Garden of Eden, questions about sin, salvation, and the Christian life have often puzzled us. This book gives answers intended to form a strong and lasting faith foundation in the next generation. More importantly, it will set the example of seeking answers—even for the toughest questions—in God’s Word, our final authority. 48 pages.

Hopefully, in a few months, TMA Homeschool will make these books available in Manila!

 

Easy Science Activities

One of my sons is not so fond of listening to me read about science topics. He easily gets bored when he has to sit through another one of my reading sessions. So I had to modify my approach with him for teaching science — more hands-on activities, less textbook. So far he has enjoyed the different topics we are covering.

Unlike his older brother who didn’t mind going in depth with Apologia’s science curriculum (We have covered astronomy, biology, botany and now, we are doing zoology), this son of mine needs to experience science.

Static Electricity – We rubbed a purple balloon on my hair and did two experiments. My kids saw how bits of paper jumped up to the balloon and how water bends toward the balloon when there is static electricity on it.

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Density – Pour sprite into a glass bowl and put some raisins in the bowl. The raisins will “dance” as the bubbles from the carbonized drink attach to the raisins. They will go up and down. When they go up and the bubbles pop, they sink back down.

Mass – Make a homemade scale using rubber bands, a ruler, tape, something to rest the ruler on, and two containers (must be the same kind) for either side. Compare weights of objects and see how heavier objects stretch the rubber bands longer.

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Chemical Change – Put two table spoons of baking soda in a bowl and slowly pour vinegar on it. A chemical reaction will take place causing the baking soda to fizz like a gas and ooze. The boys loved this one.

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Planet Earth by Game

The boys enjoyed this Planet Earth game. I had forgotten that we had this game until I saw the box on one of our shelves. We didn’t know 60% of the answers to the questions, but we learned from our mistakes. Games like this can really make a subject like geography or science come alive for the kids. And we didn’t even feel the time go by!

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Solar Powered Science

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Science is always more fun when it is hands-on! Elijah spent about an hour and a half putting this project together. The time passed quickly and I helped him a little but he kept working till he finished. This kit was from China but I am always on the look out for science kits that are sold locally. Kidz Labs are a great option and sold for relatively inexpensive at Toys R Us or Toy Kingdom.